Thursday, December 19, 2013

Premiere event of movie "TRICK Gekijouban Last Stage"

The premiere event of movie "TRICK Gekijouban Last Stage" was held on 17 December in Tokyo which was attended by the cast members Nakama Yukie, Abe Hiroshi, Namase Katsuhisa, Nogiwa Yoko, Higashiyama Noriyuki. Kitamura Kazuki, Mizuhara Kiko, Ikeda Tetsuhiro and the director Tsutsumi Yukihiko. About 1,000 fans came to the event for the final movie in the TRICK series which started as a TV drama 14 years ago and will be shown in cinemas from 11 January 2014. The movie features Yamada Naoko (Nakama) and Ueda Jiro (Abe) fighting against a mysterious black magician from Malaysia played by Mizuhara as they try to solve a series of bizarre deaths.

Nakama commented that TRICK holds a very special place in her heart since this was the first private network drama in which she had a leading role and there were many things she learnt during the last 14 years. In fact, she never imagined that the series could last this long and thanked everyone for their support. Abe also revealed that when they shot the first drama, it was under such tough conditions that they could not sleep at all. During the past 14 years, everyone had grown up in their own ways and it was sad to end the series but he was thankful for the love shown towards them. On the other hand, Nogiwa who plays Naoko's mother, jokingly said that it was bewildering that she started the series as a 18-year-old (playing her younger self) and ended up as 77 years old by the time the series ended. She also "complained" to the director about being left out of the filming trip to Malaysia even though this was the final movie in the series.

Mizuhara who took part in the series for the first time, said that most of her lines were in Malay so it was a memorable experience for her. Similarly, Higashiyama who also appears in TRICK for the first time remarked in jest that he probably can't join the cast of "Terumae Romae" because his looks are not as outstanding as Abe's or Kitamura's but he was glad to be able to take part in the last installment of "TRICK:.


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